The Lincoln School Museum, a one-room school, located north of Martinsville, IL needs your help to pay a $25,000 debt because of tuck pointing and repairs. The Lincoln School building was built around 1888 and operated until 1950 when it became farm storage. It was restored 1987-88 using private funds and opened to the public July 1988. So exact was the restoration that the museum won two awards for interpreting the history of a turn-of-the-century classroom. The year 1900 is used for the historic interpretation. Over the years the building has hosted school groups who spent the day experiencing a one-room school education. Maintenance is funded through local fundraisers, individual donations, and grants. After 33 years, the tuck pointing of the soft clay brick was beginning to erode on the west side. This was allowing the outer layer of brick to shift. The wooden doors needed replaced, and the exterior wood needed repainted. After a storm severely damaged the north gable of the building on April 8, 2020, insurance covered most of that repair. Since a brick company was present to repair the gable, they offered to repair the west side at the same time. This resulted in a savings of $10,000 to the school. The contractor also agreed to an interest-free debt of $25,000 because we were applying for grants. The tuck pointing was repaired, the whole exterior was cleaned, and a protective finish was applied to the brick. Doors have been replaced and painting will be finished soon. The contractor did a very professional job of matching and mixing colors of the brick for the repair. A plaque will be added to the interior wall of Lincoln School to acknowledge donations. Levels are as follows: Sponsor, $1000 or more, Donor, $100-999, and Friend, $1 to $99. Any funds received over and above the debt will be used for operational costs of utilities and insurance. There is no paid staff. The building is owned and operated by the Martinsville Chamber of Commerce. The Lincoln School Fund is a 501c3 entity under the Chamber. All donations are tax deductible. Checks can be made out to Lincoln School Fund, and mailed to PO Box 429, Martinsville, IL 62442 or you can make a donation here. The preservation of the Lincoln School and its use as a living history museum is part of life in rural America. Please help us pay our debt and reopen Lincoln School Museum in the spring of 2021.